News Shorts: February 8th 2010

Posters for Ironclad, The Secret of Kells, Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, The Dry Land, Leaves of Grass.

New photos for The Losers and Tron: Legacy.

The first real character design image from Columbia Pictures’ big screen adaptation of The Smurfs has leaked at UGO, and the first production blog is out for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

“On the progress of the “Thomas Crown Affair” sequel, actor Pierce Brosnan said this week that “We’ve got the fourth script in and this is the closest we’ve gotten in structure to making sense. It’s very very hard. Now we have the character, it’s not really fleshed out, so we have to work on him, Mr. Crown, and her, Miss Moore, another affair, more art, but it has to be an unexpected surprise”…” (full details)

“As we know, David Goyer’s departure from running “FlashForward” last week was due to commitments to film projects. Now comes word that one of those projects is the third Chris Nolan “Batman” film along with Jonah Nolan…” (full details)

“Patrick Stewart is NOT involved in “Mad Max: Fury Road” according to his publicist. The former “Star Trek” and “X-Men” star was rumoured to be linked the other week…” (full details)

“Asked about his rumoured involvement in a third “Ghostbusters” film, Bill Murray rather plainly said “I’ll come back in Ghostbusters III only if I get to be a ghost. I said to them, ‘I’ll do it if you kill me off in the first reel.’ So now they are going to have me as a ghost in the film”…” (full details)

“Johnny Depp is heading back to directing with work about to get underway on a documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards…” (full details)

“Safran Company and Gold Circle Films have picked up “ATM”, a spec script by Chris Sparling (“Buried”). The film centers on three co-workers who end up in a struggle for survival after getting cash out from an ATM. David Brooks directs with shooting kicking off in the Fall….” (full details)

“IFC Films has purchased Michael Winterbottom’s new film “The Killer Inside Me” and will distribute the film within the United States. No release date has been set for the controversial film…” (full details)

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Pink Panther 2, Land of the Lost, Old Dogs and All About Steve are among the nominees of 2009’s worst films at the annual Razzie Awards…” (full details)

“Ben Stiller’s “Help Me Spread Goodness,” is scheduled to begin production mid-April on location in Africa & the U.S…” (full details)